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IRGC Navy Commander: Iran’s Hi-Tech Mine Technology Hidden to US War Strategists

25 February 2015 18:54

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Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi disclosed that Iran has hi-tech mines that the US would never imagine even in its worst dreams.
“Today, we have different types of highly advanced mines and the Americans can never imagine that other countries could have such mines,” Fadavi said on the sidelines of the IRGC Navy’s massive Payambar-e Azam 9 (The Great Prophet 9) wargames in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday.

He explained that voyage from Northern to Southern Persian Gulf can be done only through 19 corridors, which if come to be closed, no one can traverse to the Southern parts of the waterway.

The Navy commander said Americans themselves have repeatedly admitted that sea mines are their worst dream.

Fadavi said that 15 of the 22 damaged US military vessels have been hit by sea mines, and added while Iran had simple and unsophisticated mines during the Iraqi-imposed war in the 1980s, it could damage the military vessels and warships of the the trans-regional forces who had come to Saddam’s aide in the Persian Gulf.

He said the Americans didn’t succeed in minesweeping operations during the Iraqi-imposed war against Iran, and added, “Since 2011, the US has dedicated its largest and most important wargames to minesweeping operations.”

Fadavi said the IRGC “targeted and damaged 12 US vessels, including a warship while they were escorted by 84 minesweeping vessels” during the Iraqi war on Iran.

The IRGC Navy started massive wargames, codenamed Payambar-e Azam 9 (The Great Prophet 9), in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday.

The massive exercises started after IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari issued the order and in the presence of other high-ranking Iranian officials and military commanders, including Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Gholam Ali Rashid, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami, Commander of the IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Brigadier General Baqeri and Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi.

Different IRGC Navy vessels are being used in the exercises staged in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.

Tens of IRGC vessels started fast mine-laying operations in a short period of time to get ready for critical situations in wartime.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Iranian officials have always stressed that the country’s military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

Iran’s naval power has even been acknowledged by foes. In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy said that in the two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.

According to the report, Iran’s Navy has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world’s oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.

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